Charlotte Convention Center Expansion in the Works
This week the next steps were taken in the Charlotte Convention Center expansion. If all steps go as they have been aligned, construction will begin in May 2019 and will conclude in early 2021. City Council is expected to approve $8.5 million to finish design and prep work at the September 25th meeting.
The expansion plans will add 26,000 square feet of smaller meeting rooms and 15,000 square feet to host pre-event receptions. The entire expansion should cost $110 million and the plan does not allow cost overruns.
Charlotte Convention Center must expand if we are to be able to host larger events. Plans include enhanced meeting space and increasing breakout areas for smaller events. More inviting and convenient pedestrian areas will be added. A pedestrian bridge will connect the convention center with the Weston Hotel and Stonewall Station.
This is great news for Stonewall Station which should open next year. Included that project are 459 luxury apartments and a 47,000 square foot Whole Foods. Crescent Communities is the developer for Stonewall Station which in addition to the apartments and Whole Foods will also include 15,000 square feet of retail shops and restaurants. There is also direct connectivity to the Stonewall light rail station.
There will be a more open exterior fronted with glass on the Stonewall Street side of the convention center. An architectural “frame” will feature as part of the pedestrian bridge. These details should help the space become a showpiece.
After all is said and done, Charlotte Convention Center which opened in 1995, will be modernized to keep up with comparable cities like Austin and Nashville. The meeting space will be tripled under this plan adding new rooms. These rooms will offer many configurations measuring from 1,800 to as much as 10,000 square feet and can be customized for each event. These will add to the 278,000 square feet of exhibition space, 50,000 square feet of meeting rooms and 60,000 square feet of ballrooms.
TVS Design was the architect on the original building and they will handle the design for the expansion. They will be joined by construction management firm Holder/Edison Foard on the project.